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date: 16 January 2021

Farrar, Margaret Petherbridgelocked

(23 March 1897–11 June 1984)
  • Mel Taub


Farrar, Margaret Petherbridge (23 March 1897–11 June 1984), crossword puzzle editor, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Henry Petherbridge, owner of a licorice factory, and Margaret Furey. (She was to take the name Farrar when she married in 1926.) After graduating from Smith College in 1919 with a B.A. degree, she worked briefly in a bank. Looking for something more exciting, she took a job in 1920 as secretary to her college roommate’s stepfather, John O’Hara Cosgrave, Sunday editor of the ...

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